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How Obama’s failure to resupply respirators
in federal stockpile created a 2020 crisis

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 4/1/2020 12:45:06 PM

The Strategic National Stockpile, America’s giant medical storage closet for a terrorist or biological crisis, once boasted more than 100 million respirator masks to protect doctors, nurses and other frontline health care workers in case of a contagion. But when the COVID-19 pandemic started a few months ago, the supply had dwindled down to just 12 million fitted masks, known as N95 respirators, and 30 million surgical masks, a supply deemed to be less than 2 percent of what the nation would need for full-blown pandemic.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYbob 4/1/2020 2:21:47 PM (No. 365208)
If a normal person did something like this they would hide their face in shame and stay out of the news. BO, knowing the media will continue to cover for him, had the audacity to criticize President Trump's handling of the crisis.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 4/1/2020 2:33:43 PM (No. 365219)
Still, I'm thankful for Obama's failures because they gave us President Donald Trump. Just tryin' to stay positive.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jerseyden 4/1/2020 2:35:50 PM (No. 365222)
Not all the blame is on obama. If the inventory was below the limit needed it should have been corrected. Somehow I think necessary funds weren’t allocated or used for some other purpose. Still maybe just Gov incompetence is the reason.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 4/1/2020 2:41:07 PM (No. 365226)
I put the blame on Obama. He went through at least one major epidemic. Should have cleaned up after himself.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: rikkitikki 4/1/2020 3:22:01 PM (No. 365253)
Not only did Obama not restock, but cut the total budget for the relevant department every year...just like he gutted the military budget, to fund cash programs to his favorite special interest groups.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: JL80863 4/1/2020 3:42:38 PM (No. 365278)
Follow the news #3. The states were given millions to fund programs. Specific Federal agencies as well.g
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Starboard_side 4/1/2020 3:58:25 PM (No. 365294)
Believe the budget deals ran through the first fiscal budget of Trump. The second budget year ended up with another CR (continuing resolution) - maybe the GOP's desire for "regular order" should have been approved, but it hasn't since 2007-08 fiscal budget year. Third budget was after Dems took control of the House, and had FULL budget authority, but still ended up with another CR. Thus, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House were too busy with impeachment dreams instead of working on an actual budget.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 4/1/2020 4:02:26 PM (No. 365300)
The Zero wreaked havoc on the entire US government, stealing, breaking, shutting down and using up about everything, leaving a disaster behind himself. The US military was nearly out of all kinds of ammunition, from bombs, missiles, artillery shells to small arms ammo. The more we find out, the worse his stripping of the government will be shown to be. Evil, destructive person. And Trump is left to clean up his massive mess, while holding off his evil minions in Congress and the Enemedia. I don't think any other President could have done nearly as well under these conditions.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: RuckusTom 4/1/2020 7:23:36 PM (No. 365469)
Sorry. President Trump better be getting us prepared for the upcoming flu 75 years from now.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 4/2/2020 2:11:39 AM (No. 365756)
I wonder if the headline writer knows the difference between a $1.00 or less N95 dust mask and a real $10,000 or $20,000 (or whatever they cost) computer controlled automated breathing machine which is an actual respirator?
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